Joe Biden projected to win 2020 Presidential election
By Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
Nearly four days after Election Day, Americans across the United States anxiously waited for the Presidential Election votes to be tallied. It was a time full of stress and confusion. Finally, on Nov. 7th at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the results were announced. Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, had taken the win as President Elect with a current total of just over 270 electoral votes, which will make him the 46th President of the United States.
Running-mate, Kamala Harris, was also announced as the first Black, Asian-American, woman to rule in the White House. Harris has since seen outstanding support for this momentous occasion for Women’s Rights and in history.
Since exceeding the minimum number of electoral votes needed to win the election, Biden and Harris have begun planning for their White House duties. Just days after the announcement, the Biden-Harris administration announced their COVID-19 advisory board and have spoken numerous times on the dangers of not wearing a mask and the hope for a vaccine.
At a recent briefing, Biden stated, “A mask is not a political statement. But it is a good way to start pulling the country together.” He followed this statement by addressing “anti-masker” concerns. “I want to make this very clear,” said Biden. “The goal of mask wearing is not to make your life less comfortable or take something away from you. It is to give something back to all of us: a normal life.”
On Nov. 10th, the President-Elect participated in a series of congratulatory phone calls with various world leaders–including: President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Taoiseach Micheal Martin of Ireland, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. Additionally, on Nov. 10, the Biden-Harris Transition announced the official members of their Agency Review Teams, professionals with a variety of experience responsible for understanding the operations of each federal agency. The document stated, “Agency review teams are an integral part of the transition process, responsible for evaluating the operation of federal agencies. Our teams are composed of diverse experts with deep policy expertise, ready to ensure we’re prepared to lead on Day One.”
The President-Elect and Vice-President Elect have also delivered remarks on their commitment to protect and expand the Affordable Care Act as the Trump administration’s lawsuit, Texas v. California continues.
The actions remain a controversial topic as many Americans wonder if the President and Vice-President-Elect should take matters into their own hands so soon before Inauguration Day.
One of those concerned citizens happens to be current President Donald Trump who has communicated his distress in not coming out on top in this election. On Nov. 7th, Trump released a statement addressing his concern over the announcement of Biden as the winner. He stated, “So what is Biden hiding? I will not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.” Trump further contested the news media’s announcement of a clear winner and even threatened legal action when questioning the “false counting process.”
On Nov. 10th, the Tenn. Senate Republican Caucus released a letter signed by all GOP members in support of Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 Presidential Election results that some consider unofficial. The letter stated, “While this election may have been ‘called’ by various media outlets, the election process is far from over…We believe that, due to unprecedented mail-in voting and razor-thin margins in multiple states, the ultimate result remains uncertain.”
As election news continues to grow and complicate, many have realized that this just may not be over yet.